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Faucet Snails

Posted 2009.07.16 11.14 in Aquaria by Stephanie

So my ‘snail babies’ are now confirmed to be nothing of the sort. 🙁

Here I was all happy and thinking I had some magical mystical miracle baby Pomacea diffusa (formerly known as P. bridgesii) snails but in reality they are (I am now quite certain) to be Bithynia tentaculata – the common faucet snail. Of course, I had my suspicions a few days ago but now it’s confirmed.

The clincher came when I started finding egg clutches in the isolation ward where I’ve been keeping them. Egg clutches of course means there is 0% chance of them being baby anythings, they must be mature adults. And the Bithynia evidence is that the clutches are in neat little rows, just like the Bithynia sp. lay.

On the other hand, they are cute, and they do look like miniature apple snails. I’m going to observe the eggs and see if the hatch, & how long it takes etc. and see what more I can learn about them. I’ve released most of the little slimers back into the aquarium at large, there’s just a couple in the breeder box now.